PALATINE – Crystal Lake Central’s Evelyn Youel and Jillian Wallace are one of the top 12 girls tennis doubles teams in the state.
The pair advanced to the quarterfinals of Saturday’s consolation bracket at the IHSA state final tournament. In the quarterfinals, they lost, 8-4, to Nazareth Academy’s Alysa Straub and Lexi Petrovic, who placed second at state a year ago and were a 3-4 seed this season.
Consolation matches were moved to pro-sets because of the rain delays Thursday and Friday.
Youel and Wallace won their sixth-round match against Benet Academy’s 17-32 seed Mary Beth King and Daniella Reyes in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (7-1). In the seventh round, the Tigers’ duo defeated Glenbard West’s Molly Hennessy and Ali Bush, a 9-16 seed, 9-7.
Against Glenbard West, Youel and Wallace were down 4-1 but remembered a negative to remind them they could get back in the match. Against Benet, they were ahead before giving up the lead.
“[Against Benet] we were up 4-1, so we knew we could do the same thing,” Wallace said.
Youel said they have had a goal of being one of the top teams in the state since they played together freshman year.
For the tournament, Youel and Wallace were 6-2 and defeated three seeded teams.
Also at Palatine, Crystal Lake South’s Marisa Thome and Julia Thome lost in the fourth consolation round in doubles.
Lake Park tournament: At Lake Park, Dundee-Crown placed sixth out of 10 teams by going 2-3 in the tournament. The Chargers (14-21) defeated Lake Park, 25-20, 25-18, and Harlem, 27-25, 25-21.
Steph Magsamen and Kathryn Novy each contributed 18 kills in the five games, while Cori Eischen recorded 58 assists and Magsamen added 24 digs.
Lyons Township tournament: At La Grange, Marian Central went 2-3, defeating Whitney Young and Lake Zurich while losing to York, Palatine and Edwardsville.
Tara Blake led the Hurricanes (15-20) with 46 kills, while Caitlin Brocker had 66 digs in the five games.
Stillman Valley Fall Classic: At Stillman Valley, after going undefeated in pool play, Johnsburg took down Stockton in the championship game, 25-18, 24-26, 25-18, to win the classic.
Harvard placed 13th, defeating Stillman Valley JV, 25-15, 22-20, and MacArthur in the 13th-place game, 18-25, 25-18, 15-9. Johnsburg’s Ashly Schmitt and Megan Davis were named to the all-tournament team.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Class 1A Winnebago Regional: At Fuller Forest Preserve in Winnebago, Marian Central, which finished fourth, and Harvard, which came in sixth, advanced to the Oregon Sectional. Eighth-place finisher Jessica Biggins (18:10.93) led the Hurricanes, while Morgan Logan (19:04.68) took in 18th place to lead the Hornets.
Class 2A Belvidere North Regional: At Spencer Park in Belvidere, Marengo’s Katie Adams finished first overall with a time of 17:24 on the 2.95-mile course to help Marengo finish first and advance to the Belvidere Sectional.
Marengo’s Katie St. Clair (18:30) finished fourth overall, Kitty Allen (18:46) finished ninth and Lexi Olson (18:59) came in 10th.
Class 2A Antioch Regional: At Fox River Park in Wilmot, Wis., although not qualifying for the Belvidere Sectional as a team, a sixth-place overall finish by Woodstock North’s Isabella Mazzanti (20:06) and a 43rd place finish by Briana Baltes (22:30) were good enough for them to move on.
Class 3A Guilford Regional: At Rockford College, Sam Baran finished first individually with a time of 17:46.2 to lead Jacobs to a team victory and a place in the St. Charles East Sectional.
Baran, Alex Lorenz, Kayla Giuliano, Tori Tamburrino and Courtney Eubanks all finished in the top eight. Huntley will move on as well, led by Kate Mitchell with a ninth-place finish in a time of 18:58.5.
Class 3A Grant Regional: At Camp Henry Horner in Ingleside, Cary-Grove (90) in fourth, McHenry (118) in fifth, Crystal Lake South (157) in sixth and four runners from Dundee-Crown advanced to the Schaumburg Sectional.
McHenry’s Lauren Opatrny (18:27.45) finished third individually on the 3-mile course and Cary-Grove’s Talia Duzey (18:51.24) finished fifth.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Class 1A Winnebago Regional: At Fuller Forest Preserve in Winnebago, Harvard teammates Jorge Pichardo (14:54.81) and Timmy Wiltshire (14:59.15) finished first and second individually to help pace Harvard to a sectional qualifying finish.
Harvard finished third out of 12 teams and will move on to the Oregon Sectional. Marian Central also will be advancing with a fifth-place finish, led by a team-best, 25th-place finish by Kevin McEvilly (16:09.4).
Class 2A Belvidere North Regional: At Spencer Park in Belvidere, David Alvarez had a Marengo-best, 12th-place finish with a time of 16:03 on the 2.95-mile course.
Marengo’s team score (152) and sixth-place finish was good enough to advance to the Belvidere Sectional.
Class 2A Antioch Regional: At Fox River Park in Wilmot, Wis., Woodstock North, led by a 19th-place finish by freshman Jesse Long (17:32) finished sixth to advance to the Belvidere Sectional.
Class 3A Grant Regional: At Camp Henry Horner in Ingleside, fourth-place McHenry (91), sixth-place Crystal Lake South (154) and seventh-place Cary-Grove (174) all advance to the Schaumburg Sectional.
McHenry’s Jesse Reser won in a time of 16:00.83 on the 3-mile course. South was led by 10th-place finisher, Duncan Henderson (16:31.53) and Cary-Grove saw Dustin Throw (16:44.44) take 20th to lead the Trojans.
Todd Noreen (48th, 18:05.16) and David Breyette (51st, 18:12.4) of Dundee-Crown will race individually at sectionals.
Class 3A Guilford Regional: At Rockford College, the two-through-six places all went to either Jacobs or Huntley as Jacobs finished first and Huntley third to both advance to the St. Charles East Sectional.
Seth Conroy (15:10) finished second and teammate Keagan Smith (15:12.3) followed in third for Huntley. Fourth, fifth and sixth places went to the Jacobs trio of Ryan Ross (15:19.2), Matt Johnson (15:26.8) and Zack Johnson (15:31.2).
• Dan Howell and Rob Smith contributed to this report.